The District regularly monitors Lake Temescal to ensure the water quality meets acceptable levels for fishing and swimming. The water quality samples are taken from four locations around the Lake; including the swim beach. If any water quality concerns are detected, warning signs are posted accordingly.
Because the creeks contributing to the Lake are not intended as fishing or swimming locations, the District does not conduct routine water quality monitoring of these areas. Former monitoring results of the creek have indicated that the creek does not always meet acceptable levels for fishing or swimming. Therefore, we have posted advisory signs along the creek channels and recommend visitors fish and swim in Lake Temescal where we can confirm water quality levels are acceptable.
Oakland, CA 94618
6502 Broadway Terrace
Oakland, CA 94618
Parking: Apply April through October. $5 per vehicle (when kiosk is attended); $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus.
Dogs: $2 per dog. Guide/service dogs free
10pm - 5am
8am - 10pm
Open between 5am and 10pm unless otherwise posted or permitted
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4561
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Located next to the junction of highways 24 and 13 in Oakland, Temescal is a convenient urban oasis, popular for swimming, fishing, sunbathing, and picnicking.
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Originally constructed as a storage lake for drinking water, Temescal opened to the public in 1936 as one of the District's first three parks. The handsome stone building overlooking its lake was constructed in 1940 by Works Progress Administration crews.
This historic indoor/outdoor Beach House facility is popular for weddings, parties, corporate events, etc. The setting is casual to elegant with a panoramic view of Lake Temescal. It accommodates 80 seated or 130 standing guests. It features a small food preparation room, two rooms connected into an L shape, a bridal changing room, and a patio surrounded by gardens. Catering is available. For more information call 1-888-EBPARKS OR 1-888-327-2757, press option 2. This facility is wheelchair accessible.
The swim area is open spring through fall, with lifeguards on duty during posted periods. Swimming is permitted only in the designated swim area. Dogs are not allowed in the lake and the beach . Swimming is also allowed at your own risk when lifeguards are not on duty when the park is open from April through October. There is a beach access fee. Call the park office (510) 544-4561 for details or visit the Swim Facilities page.
A paved trail running the length of the park is wheelchair accessible. STAY ON TRAILS to help control erosion and to minimize contact with poison oak, which is abundant.
The lake is stocked periodically with rainbow trout through the winter months and catfish in the summer. Other fish in residence include largemouth bass, red-eared sunfish, bluegill. Fishing is not allowed from the dam, in the swimming area, or in the stream. Please see our Stewardship page, for more information regarding fishing at District parks.
There are picnic areas at both ends of the lake, several of them reservable for groups, and eight acres of lawn.
Bicycle restrictions apply within the park. Please observe posted restrictions. Bicycles must stay on the paved East Shore Trail or on the paved bike path along the park's eastern boundary, and riders must observe the 5 mph speed limit. During the summer swim season (April-September) bicycles must be walked through the swim beach area.
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North Temescal, Stream Side, Park View and Big Rock have accessible drinking fountains and barbeques. Stream Side and Big Rock are accessible by compacted gravel pathway. North Temescal and Park View are not wheelchair accessible.
Landvale Station Trail and East Shore Trail are wheelchair accessible. East Shore Trail has an accessible drinking fountain. West Shore Trail and Oak Bay Trail are not wheelchair accessible.
All restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Beach wheelchairs, intended to provide a means for wheelchair users to travel across the beach, are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. They require an assistant to push and are not intended to enter the water. To arrange for use of a chair, call the park office at (510) 652-1155. Arrangements will be made to bring the chair out to the beach. It takes approximately 15 minutes to prepare the chair. Staff will give a brief orientation to the chair and arrange a time for the chair to be returned.
This facility is wheelchair accessible.
The wheelchair accessible fishing dock and picnic table are located on East Shore Trail.
The south playground and drinking fountain are wheelchair accessible. The north playground has no wheelchair access.
Temescal is located next to the Highway 24/Highway 13 interchange in Oakland. Ample parking is available at the north end of the park, accessible from Broadway. Limited parking is available at the south end, accessible from Broadway Terrace. To reach the larger north end lot from the south end, drive east on Broadway Terr., go under Highway 13 and turn left onto the Highway 13 on ramp. Transition onto Highway 24 east (Walnut Creek), exit at Old Tunnel Road, and turn right at the exit onto Broadway and proceed west to the north end parking lot entrance on the left. The north end entrance is the closest entry point to access the Beach House.
AC Transit: 511 or 817-1717; TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 800-448-9790; website: www.transit.511.org; ParaTransit: 510-287-5000.
Transit & Trails : Temescal Regional Recreation Area (transit, biking, and walking directions)
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